Bluegrass Beacon: Tobacco-tax advocates suffer from policy schizophrenia

Paducah Sun executive editor Steve Wilson’s recent missive in favor of raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax by a Cuban cigar-sized 40 percent was in response to my recent column calling on policymakers to leave “any and all” tobacco-tax increases out of Frankfort’s tax-reform conversation altogether and instead focus on pro-growth opportunities. Wilson offers arguments filled with…

Pension python squeezing Kentucky’s economy

Reporter John Cheves covers the state’s retirement systems’ crisis in Tuesday’s Lexington Herald-Leader, citing inadequate funding, weak investment returns and “unrealistic assumptions” regarding public employees and their benefits as the primary contributing factors to Kentucky’s public pension plight. Two of this stool’s three legs have received a lion’s share of the attention by policymakers. It…

Bluegrass Beacon — Electoral College: Games won, not runs scored

Buttercups and snowflakes on college campuses came out to weep, gnash teeth purpled by sour grapes, shove others around and throw bottles because the presidential election didn’t go their way. Five were arrested at a protest held on Western Kentucky University’s campus in Bowling Green. But something different happened at Cornell University, where 30 constitutional…

Bluegrass Institute News Release: Transparency a winning issue in Tuesday’s history-making election

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Voters handing Kentucky Republicans an overwhelming — and historic — majority in the state House of Representatives during Tuesday’s presidential election clearly indicated support for a more open, transparent and accountable government. Perhaps nowhere was this clearer than in the 95th…